Neo-nazi pasta?!

One of the presents that Jane received for her birthday, a week past Thursday, was a fresh pasta maker and accompanying pasta drying rack. Well, as a surprise this morning, while she was still asleep, I assembled the pasta rack …

Pasta rack

… only to discover that it appears to be some kind of neo-nazi pasta drying rack: three concentric swastikas. Actually, that’s unfair as the swastika was originally a peaceful and holy symbol.

The swastika (from Sanskrit स्वस्तिक svastika) is an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles in either left-facing (卍) or right-facing (卐) direction. The swastika is a holy symbol in Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. In the West, it is most widely known and used as a symbol of Nazism. It is traditionally oriented so that a main line is horizontal, though it is occasionally rotated at forty-five degrees. The Hindu version is often decorated with a dot in each quadrant.
(Source: Wikipedia article about the Swastika)

So, just clarify, in case you were in any doubt whatsoever: Jane is not a nazi*, she just enjoys making fresh pasta. I’m glad we cleared that one up.

(* I’m glad she’s not because, amongst the myriad of other reasons that I should probably also list here, my paternal grandfather was Jewish!)

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Former Scrum master at Safeguard Global, Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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